JUMPCUT ASIA | LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR A LONG STORY
Lights, camera, action!
This is Asia like you’ve never seen before. Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific presents JumpCut Asia - a series of eight unique films by our region's up-and-coming independent filmmakers.
Get in on the untold stories of the South East. From spandex-clad wrestlers to chicken beauty pageants, these filmmakers share their unconventional takes on the weird and wonderful side of Asia.
Watch with us Live on Facebook, every Sunday at 10pm. Premiering 30th April.
OUR FINAL 8 FILMS | COMING TO YOU FROM SUN 30 APRIL
One dream, one ring, and spandex. Singapore’s first and only Pro Wrestling team will face their biggest challenge yet. WWE has sent scouts to screen their performance on their 5th anniversary event. Problem is, with the event held on the festive Chinese New Year’s Eve, will the crowd even show up?
A film by: Dean Luah (Content Producer), Joel Tan (Executive Producer), Nicholas Oh (Creative Director), Marcus Chua (Producer)
CHICKEN BEAUTY PAGEANT
They have style, confidence, long legs, big boobs and...gleaming feathers? Enter the world of chicken beauty pageants in Indonesia and Malaysia where champion pint-sized Serama chickens can fetch up to tens of thousands of dollars. Meet owners cuckoo over their prized poultry, chicken beauticians and a musician who composes for chicken pageants.
A film by: Amrit, Jessica, Eunice, Amirah
The newest rising star in Singapore cricket comes from the unlikeliest of places - a small club called Thanjai. Largely comprised of low-paid migrant workers from India’s Tamil Nadu state, these young men work grueling jobs but have managed to claw their way to the Premier League in record time. Watch how this unlikely group of athletes fight to prove their worth amongst top players in Singapore’s new cricket season.
A film by: Su-Mae Khoo
Imagine not being able to remember things, think logically or communicate with others. Dementia is one of the world’s leading causes of death, with over 46 million people living with condition worldwide. Who would want to care for a dementia sufferer, and why? Enter a dementia care resort in Chiang Mai, and discover the often crazy but rewarding world of those with dementia and their caregivers.
A film by: Joy Lee (Director) and Nate Eileen Tjeong (Producer)
Explore the gap in communication and technology between generations. Arief works in a tour agency but come weekends, he is an urban outlaw scaling skyscrapers of Jakarta, sharing his adventures with the world. Mark is an ant geek who digs deep into Singapore's underground to discover and document new ant species online. Madam Ng, like many pioneers, fears technology. Can she learn the ropes of Instagram?
A film by: Ghazi Alqudcy (Director), Kyle Ong (Co-Director), Jayce Tham (Co-Producer), Loh Yen-Lyng (Co-Producer)
Two music pioneers. This is the story of their lives, their music, and their struggles. Meet 67 year-old Lim Kiang who helped to found Singapore’s first blues band, and 42 year-old Nurmalis Meutia Bte Maizan, an original member of the first local all-female hardcore punk band. Follow them as they wrestle to stay relevant over the decades in spite of niche audiences, limited visibility and personal challenges.
A film by: Sim Boon Siang (Director), Shane Mok (Cinematographer)
DEATH IS NOT THE END
Is there life after death? For the people of Toraja in the highlands of Sulawesi, Indonesia, death is never the end. From feeding to dressing and walking the bodies of their deceased loved ones, witness a funeral occasion like no other, and take a journey with the Torajans into the afterlife.
A film by: Eric Lim (Director), Kathy Lee (Executive Producer), Afiqah Mazlan (Producer/Research-Writer)
Think there’s nothing left to discover in Singapore? Explore a world inhabited by reformed criminals, former call girls and other eccentric and flamboyant characters. Singapore Confidential goes beneath Singapore’s glossy surface to reveal a side to the city-state that few are aware exist.
A film by: Abdul Malek Ramli and Leo Poloniecki
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